The orchestra has played in Europe's major concert venues, has toured Asia and even played before the UNO in New York. Founded in 1945 on the initiative of the British military government, the radio orchestra was moulded by chief conductors like Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt, Günter Wand, Christoph Eschenbach and Christoph von Dohnányi into a first-class ensemble. Now the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra celebrates its 75th birthday – with the programme of its inaugural concert.
The Anniversary Concert
»We won't play this trying programme again until we have an anniversary to celebrate« – this was Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt's prophecy. On 30 October 1945, the first chief conductor of the North-West German Radio Symphony Orchestra led the orchestra in its inaugural concert in the Laeiszhalle, which had been spared from wartime destruction.
75 years on, his prediction comes true: nearly the same programme can be heard once more at the same location. In the meantime, the ensemble bears the name NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra, and conductor Alan Gilbert stands on the rostrum tonight.
NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester
Julia Fischer violin
Daniel Müller-Schott violoncello
conductor Alan Gilbert
Konzert für Violine, Violoncello und Orchester a-Moll op. 102
Piotr I. Tschaikowsky
Sinfonie Nr. 5 e-Moll op. 64